Okanagan Dress

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With simple lines and youthful charm, Okanagan is a classically styled capri-length dress featuring a pleated neckline, two waistline options, optional inseam pockets, and a comfortable elastic back. 

Pattern includes sizes 2-12 years. The skirt is a double layer, which works well with an eyelet, lace, or sheer overlay. Trim can be used for the bodice pleat or to add to the bottom hem. The flat front bodice is perfect for appliques or embroidery.

Recommended Skill Level - Confident Beginner

Seam allowance is 3/8"(1cm) unless stated otherwise in the pattern, and is included in all measurements. 

Required Supplies: sewing machine, needle suitable for chosen fabric (universal), 1/4" elastic for back bodice casings OR elastic thread for shirring, iron, pins/clips, scissors and/or rotary cutter, measuring tape and/or cutting mat & ruler.
Suggested Fabric:  Light-medium weight wovens, such as quilting cotton, linen, poplin, seersucker, eyelet.

Pattern includes instructions for a two methods of bodice construction, shirring or elastic casings.  In both cases, the bodice side seams are enclosed.  For those who want to know more about shirring, a link is provided in the pattern to the Shirring: Testing & Tension blog post.
Included in the pattern:
  • Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12.
  • Easy to assemble pattern pieces.
  • Clear and efficiently nested pattern pieces, color coded by size.  All colors also print clearly in black ink.  No layers (individual size printing) on print-at-home or Large Format; Layers ARE included on Projector Files.
  • All measurements in both metric and imperial
  • Body measurements Sizing Guide to help obtain the proper fit for the child. 
  • Specific instructions on blending sizes.
  • Line drawings showing all options.
  • Linked table of contents, for reference and ease of use on digital devices.
  • Fabric requirements for all parts.
  • Full color photo tutorial with specific details (in English only) for each step and illustrations for additional clarity.
  • Hints and tips throughout the tutorial.
  • Summary of steps for quick reference.
  • Modeled photos showing the finished options.

Purchase also includes AO Large Format PDF for copy shop printing, and a separate Projector optimized file.  Print-at-home and Large Format files have nested pattern pieces (no layers); Projector file has layers (ability to turn on and off individual projected sizes).

The region in British Columbia, Canada known as the Okanagan Valley is best known today for its orchards and vineyards.  Located between the forests near the Pacific coast, and the mountains to the east, this area has a unique climate in Canada with its hot, dry, and very sunny summers.  There are several oblong lakes dotting the valley floor, surrounded by hills lined with orchards and vineyards growing peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, grapes, and raspberries.  It's also home to a great variety of animal species, including black bears and bald eagles.


There are many theories on both the origins and the meaning of the name “Okanagan”, as well as a great number of different spellings.  The Okanagan Valley is part of the traditional territories of the Syilx First Nations peoples, who call the area "ukʷnaqín" .